Although Cine Las Americas is known for their yearly film festival, the non-profit organization supports Latin-American cinema by screening films throughout the year. More than 1,200 films have been screened in 14 years in an effort to promote cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging diverse audiences through film and media arts. As part of their educational efforts, the organization partners with local schools in Austin to create media education programs to serve the minority youth in Austin.
In collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico and the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Cine Las Americas presents Literature in Mexican Cinema, a film series that brings to the screen some of the most recognized authors in Latin American literature as well as some of the best directors, cinematographers and actors.
This week, Pedro Páramo, based on a novel by Juan Rulfo and directed by Carlos Velo, will be screened Wednesday. The drama/fantasy film tells the story of Juan Preciado’s journey to fulfill his mother’s promise to recover the fortune she lost to his father, Pedro Páramo. As Juan arrives in Comala, the ghosts that inhabit the town tell him his father’s story.
Pedro Páramo will be screened for free Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Blackbox Theater in the Mexican American Cultural Center located at 600 River St. The films next in the series are Los Albañiles (The Bricklayers) to be screened Nov. 9 and Santa on Nov. 16 at the same time and place.
Watch a scene from Pedro Páramo below: